LibriVox volunteers bring you 7 recordings of Christmas Fancies by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for December 11, 2016.
Read in English by Bruce Kachuk; Craig Franklin; Garth Burton; Greg Giordano; Matthew Datcher; Tomas Peter and tovarisch.
A popular poet rather than a literary poet, in her poems she expresses sentiments of cheer and optimism in plainly written, rhyming verse. Her world view is expressed in the title of her poem "Whatever Is—Is Best", suggesting an echo of Alexander Pope's "Whatever is, is right."
None of Wilcox's works were included by F. O. Matthiessen in The Oxford Book of American Verse, but Hazel Felleman chose no fewer than fourteen of her poems for Best Loved Poems of the American People, while Martin Gardner selected "The Way Of The World" and "The Winds of Fate" for Best Remembered Poems. (Wikipedia)
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